Fly Fishing for largemouth bass can be as much fun as fly fishing for any fish species that exist. It's one of the
most available and plentiful species of fish there are. Largemouth bass are found throughout the nation.
Although it doesn't apply specifically to fly fishing, fishing for largemouth bass is the number one most popular
fishing sport in the nation. Catching a seven or eight pound largemouth bass on a 7 or 8 weight fly rod is
something you'll never forget.
Fly fishing for largemouth bass has grown in popularity during the past few years. More and more anglers that
fly fish for trout and smallmouth bass are learning the largemouth bass provides just as much fun. Lakes and
streams that have good populations of largemouth bass are plentiful throughout the nation. Nothing beats the
excitement of seeing a big largemouth take a noisy popping bug from the surface of the water in a calm lake or
pond. They will explode on flies like no other fish.
Spring is probably the best time of the year to go fly fishing for largemouth bass. Fall can be good too, but
Spring is tops in most areas of the nation. It depends on the part of the country your fishing in. The middle of
the Summer is a perfect time to fly fish for largemouth bass in the northern states and Canada.
Much of the fun of catching largemouth bass on the fly has to do with the spawning season. Even in large
reservoirs and lakes, largemouth bass will spawn in shallow water. Although it's controversial in many areas of
the country, sight fishing for large, spawning bass is a favorite of many fly anglers.
It depends of the area of the country but in general, largemouth bass start feeding in the shallows during the
month of April. In south Florida lakes, this happens in January. In the north part of the nation, this happens in
June. Once the water temperatures reach about sixty degrees, largemouth bass will start moving into the
shallows to feed.
In most larger size lakes, largemouth bass are usually found from three to six feet deep, but again, it depends
on the lake and clarity of the water. In clear water, they are often found in deep water up to ten feet and deeper,
but they will still feed on or near the surface during low light conditions. When your fishing for bass in deeper
water, it's usually best to use an intermediate sinking fly line and a streamer.
In most farm ponds, during much of the year, bass can be found in shallower water, averaging less than three
feet. They will take shallow running imitations of baitfish, minnows, snakes and frogs anytime the water
temperature is above the mid-fifties.
In larger lakes and ponds, fly fishing can be tough during the hot summer when the largemouth bass are
holding in deeper water. You can use sinking lines and still catch them if you can find them, but it requires a
little more skill and effort.
During the Fall, when the water begins to cool off in the shallows, the largemouth will return to the shallow areas
of the lake as well as the shallow water in a river where they can again be caught on flies on or near the
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Fly Fishing for Largemouth Bass
By James Marsh
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
April, 2016 Issue
he nation's most popular fish species doesn't have to be caught on heavy, conventional fishing tackle.
You can land the next world record largemouth bass on a fly rod. Chances are, there is a lake, pond or
stream with largemouth bass within a short drive of your home. They exist in every state in the nation.
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